Zalman Berkowitz moved to Manhattan in the mid 1990‘s to study art and fell into the wine trade. Among many talented teachers, he had the privilege of working with Michael Green who inspired his passion for wine, and Myron Barnstone who helped him focus his creativity with the discipline of renaissance methods of pictorial composition at his Atelier in Pennsylvania.

Since 1998 Zalman has functioned as a consultant, buyer, sommelier and wine educator. He has worked with Gourmet Magazine and the Food Network, Food and Wines from France, many Fortune 100 companies, and for several years as a sommelier in Grand Award restaurant(s) as well as work with large-scale food and wine events (Gourmet Global Tastings, Brooklyn Eats, Share Our Strength, etc.). In the wine trade Zalman designed proprietary wine programs and events with restaurants, companies, national trade organizations, charities and individuals.

Zalman’s art practice continues and he has participated regularly in exhibitions since 1996. His vibrant, provocative artWorks run the gamut from small works to large installations and includes performance poetry and explorations in new media. Zalman’s paintings are held in private collections throughout the world.

Mr. Berkowitz founded the Gallery [context] in 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

He is passionate about learning, and both wine and art offer him the continued pleasure of discovery. His approach is passionate, knowledge-based, casual and conceptual.